On May 28, 2013, the Job Opportunities Task Force and the Baltimore Integration Partnership hosted a forum focused on a joint report titled Investing in Baltimore’s Workforce: Leveraging Opportunity and Moving to Scale. The event took place at the University of Baltimore, with an audience of 100 workforce leaders and practitioners. The brief, written by JOTF Senior Policy Analyst Andrea Roethke, reviews trends in public funding for workforce development in Baltimore and also offers recommendations for local action.
The forum included a presentation that detailed the paper, along with commentary from a panel of workforce experts. Panelists included Karen Sitnick, director for the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, Diane Bell-McKoy, president & CEO of Associated Black Charities, and Leonard J. Howie III, secretary for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The event was moderated by Association for Baltimore Area Grantmakers President Celeste Amato.
Panelists discussed challenges to improving and educating Baltimore’s workforce, touching on elements of the issue brief, which looks specifically at workforce challenges in Baltimore, how training funds and resources are allocated, and how the decline in funding is impacting the ability to successfully train city residents. The brief recommends leaders in the city and state explore creative strategies for funding training programs, linking capital projects to potential local workers, engaging employers in workforce development, building a coordinated workforce training pipeline and expanding the career pathways model.
For more information about this event and Investing in Baltimore’s Workforce: Leveraging Opportunity and Moving to Scale, contact Andrea Roethke at 410-234-8303.